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RATINGS: 3629   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A rich, intense brew with a robust palate, a fruity nose and a warming finish. Very complex.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2002
Deep dark black in color with a thick brown head. Smelling of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and toffee. Taste is full flavored with hints of coffee and toffee with a sweet malty taste, very sastisfying.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2002
pours black with attractive hints of reddish brown at the bottom of the glass. well retained, noisy tan head. in my opinion, drinking this beer this beer is best described as having an alcoholic mars bar with a really good cup of espresso(in a good way). a gorgeous stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2002
Had this again and it was much better, more well rounded and didnít taste astringent at all. 9/17/02 - 3.7: The extrememly intense flavor many are discribing as ílicoriceí is a bit over the top for me...almost astringent tasting. Very rich malt, but there seems to be a lot of flavor masked by the tastes Iíve described thus far. .... I allowed the beer to mellow out quite a bit and towards the end of the bottle roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate rear their ever so welcome heads and add a lot to the beer. Dry crackery wheat aftertaste (Triscuits?).

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brian1233 (30) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2002
Starts out with a strong roasted malt and chocolate flavor. The alcohol becomes apparent after a few sips, but mellows out after lingering over this beer. Great looking beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2002
Some copper tones round out a liquid obsidian brew. The nose is amazing. Alcohol, hints of fruits followed by notes of roasted barley and bitter hops, itís the whole package. Mildly astringent at first with a VERY long finish. Definitely a quality beer worhy of itís fame.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3637) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2002
Poured with an undistinguished head, mostly dissipating. Aroma actually off-putting--not so much complexity as confusion. Much much better in the tasting. Excellent flavors up front and superb palate (syrupy without burdening the palate, oily, dense). But then the flavors become too much in the finish. Having had this a day after the Samuel Smith Imperial Stout, I felt the hop flavors were a bit heavy. Definitely "warming"...like someone has lit a spaceheater in my gut.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - DEC 4, 2002
Similiar to St. Ambroise but not as bitter. Nice chocolate, vanilla, coffee nose. Dark brown color, little layer of head, brussels lace. Short bitter finish. Thick. Espresso cacao, pepper taste, also alcohol. Warms up. Thank you so much Richard!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Rerate - 1 year old. Smooth and delicious. An excellent beer, but the few bottles I had could have used some cellaring - Iím assuming it was too fresh because the flavors were all distinct and sharp. I imagin it is good after a year or two when all the flavors have settled and blended. Pours opaque with a rich tan head. Aroma of coffee, roast, and malt. Flavor includes roast, chocolate, and bitter. Finishes distinct and sharp.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - DEC 4, 2002
Coffee, charcoal and brandy aromas; opaque brown color and a low foamz head. Very intense, bitter tastes - tabacco, espresso, licorice. Thick body and a full mouth. The alcohol kicks it up a notch. Maybe too bitter? I donít think so. Not for the weak at heart.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Fanastic appearance. Pours with a big, khaki head and a very dark ruby color. Quite dry, and a very roasted malt taste. Alcohol presence is noteworthy but definitely does not detract from taste.


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